Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture by coming to stay with a family in a local homestay. As a voluntary teaching intern with Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary you will be teaching basic as well as intemediate English classes at the local hilltribe primary school which houses grades 1-6. You will also be able to teach some very basic english at the local nursery and have the amazing experience of joining our elephant hikes. Some evenings will be spent running an after-school club and tutoring members of the community.
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is set amongst the rolling hills of Nothern Thailand in a Karen hilltribe village. It is surrounded by a forest that is perfect for our elephants to roam and forage in.
The Karen people are originally from Myanmar but have migrated to Thailand in search of a better life during the war over many generations. Due to this they have their own language and culture, which volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and experience. They are keen weavers and are well known in Thailand for their elephant keeping. They make an income from their elephants and working the fields, mainly growing rice and corn using rotational slash and burn. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more first hand about their culture and even help out in the community when required.
This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate or anyone thinking of getting a TEFL and would like to help out a small hilltribe community. The applicants for this internship must have at least some previous teaching experience as well as a fluent knowledge of the English language. However, upon arrival there will be a small amount of teaching training provided.
Fee to cover all expenses: $1600/£1200/50,000THB
Expenses include: All food and accommodation on site as well as your in-country transport to/from project on arrival and departure
- Adult Education
- Teaching / Instruction
- Animal Care / Handling
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 8-12 weeks